Teaching Language Acquisition For English As Additional Language Children

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Language empowers a child to express his thoughts and desires, achieve his goals, and form relationships with others. It plays a crucial role in the cognitive, social and emotional development of the child (Berk, 2009). This report will discuss a range of pedagogical practices to support language acquisition for English as Additional Language children in context of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Languages in Aotearoa. According to Statistics New Zealand 2013, 25.3% people living in New Zealand are born overseas. This indicates the diversity of ethnicity, culture, and language spoken by the people in New Zealand. Statistics confirm that there are there are more than twenty- five spoken languages in New Zealand; and 90% speakers communicate in English, making it the top spoken language in Aotearoa (Internal Affairs: Te Taari Taiwhenua, n.d.).
Given that Aotearoa is a land of diverse cultures, ethnicity and languages and English is the universal language of communication; everyone is urged to learn it. Therefore, the early childhood educators in Aotearoa shoulder the responsibility for English acquisition in children in the early childhood settings who cannot speak or understand the language.
Te Whāriki (Ministry of Education [MoE], 1996, is the bicultural early childhood curriculum of Aotearoa guides the early childhood educators to provide multiple opportunities for children “to develop knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritages of…
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